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One Day in December

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  10,528 ratings  ·  1,496 reviews
A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

“Get ready to be swept up in a whirlwind romance. It absolutely charmed me.” —Reese Witherspoon

“Josie Silver writes with a warmth so palpable her characters sneak their way into your heart and stay for a long time.”—Jill Santopolo, New York Times-bestselling author of The Light We Lost

Two people. Ten chances. One unforget
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Broadway Books
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Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

You can buy the book here!

“You tread lightly through life, but you leave deep footprints that are hard for other people to fill.”

5 stars

One Day in December is an epic story centered around three people Laurie, Sarah and Jack.

It all start on a December day.
Laurie doesn't believe in first sight love.
She sees a man through the bus window.
She believes now.

She searches for him, every now and then.
She thinks is sure he is
(Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Can a fated glance across a misty bus window = TRUE LOVE?

One Day in December is the kind of book that will touch your heart and make you believe in love. The kind of heartwarming love that is meant to be against all odds. The kind of love that leaves you smiling just reading about it. I opened the book and found myself immersed in Laurie and Jack's story. It was exactly what I needed. An addictive, unputdownable, angsty love story that filled my heart with a solid dose of romance.

The story
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Laurie sees a man outside of her bus window one day. There are no words, no actions, only intense eye contact but that is enough to make her fall head over heels in love with a stranger. She years for him, she can't stop thinking about him, she dreams of the time they will meet again. Then one day her best friend and roommate, Sarah, introduces her new boyfriend, Jack, to Laurie. Sarah is anxious for Jack and Laurie to meet. She hopes they will hit it off - if only she knew that her boyfriend is ...more
Christina - Traveling Sister
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
4, 🎶 do you believe in love 🎶 stars!!!

Full review featured on my blog Recipe & a Read!

It all begins one day in December (I know, shocker, you had no idea). We start our story with Laurie, she doesn't believe in love at first sight, she's having a normal run of the mill day, then BOOM she sees a man outside her bus window. As their eyes meet, she feels an instant connection. Laurie's brain shorts out and she does nothing as the bus pulls away, she then runs through endless possibilities of w
Josie Silver writes a romantic comedy that is absolutely going to be a big hit, with characters that tug at your heartstrings and packed with laugh out loud humour. It is perfect escapist fare that begins and ends in the festive season. It's December, Laurie doesn't believe in soul mates, but with her hair covered in tinsel, she is at a bus stop in London on a crowded bus heading to her parents home in Birmingham for Christmas. Through the misted window, she sees him outside and deep inside her ...more
Susanne Strong
5 Heartfelt, Love-Sick Stars!

What happens when see him? It’s love at first sight, and then your best friend meets him in person and she gets the guy?

For Laurie, there is a moment. Just one. Perhaps it is Kismet or maybe it's Destiny. She sees him at the bus stop. Laurie is inside, he is waiting outside, he looks up at the exact moment she does, their eyes meet and hold and she knows. He is the one.

For a year, she looks for him everywhere, but never finds him. Her crush goes unrequited. Her bes
Kaceey - Traveling Sister
Do you believe in love at first sight?

A chance encounter at a bus stop. Laurie, day-dreaming, gazes out the bus window and suddenly locks eyes with the boy sitting on a bench. One quick glance is all it takes. Young love is off and running! Is it magic? Is it kismet?

But the bus has a schedule to keep, and before either one can do anything, it pulls away.

Laurie, unable to let go of that single moment, spends the next year searching for her bus-boy. So… you just have to believe it’s more than co
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
2018 has been an amazing year of talent for new releases and I can proudly say that this little beauty sits proudly on that shelf!

Oh my goodness Josie Silver you have my heart with how beautifully your words and talent is expressed across these pages of One Day in December.

This book was NOTHING that I expected. What a beautiful and powerful tale of love, loss, friendship, and how love can span across a lifetime.

One beautiful wintery day Laurie is on the bus and she happens to look out her win
Norma * Traveling Sister
Smashing, engrossing & devouring!

Wow! I absolutely LOVED this book! Laurie, Sarah & Jack were great characters!

Random amusing line:
“I squint, trying to duck my head to see what he’s reading ....”

Oh my, I think all of us book lovers can relate to that sentence. I know that I have done that very same thing so many times!

ONE DAY IN DECEMBER by JOSIE SILVER is a fabulous, brilliant, heartwarming and delightful story that completely stole my heart and consumed my thoughts. It took me less tha
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOOOVED IT!!! Every page, every sentence, every word, every letter!!!

In case you cannot tell I have fallen head over heels in love with this book! It has earned a place on my fave shelf and is absolutely one of my top five reeds of 2018... such a beautiful story, so full of love and heart.... this is an epic love story spanning an entire decade... a story with all the feels, you will laugh, you will cry, you will smile, you will shake your head, you will fall in love... this book will break your
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Five stars to this treasure of a book and five stars to the unforgettable experience of reading it! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

I’m honored and humbled that Goodreads selected me to receive a book club kit and set of copies of One Day in December, graciously provided by the publisher, Broadway Books and Crown Publishing. I was fortunate to have local friends and online friends join me for this heartwarming read, the perfect story to enjoy this time of year, and quite uplifting in the end.

It’s close to the holiday
Larry H
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a scene from one of the hopelessly romantic movies she loves: one late afternoon just before Christmas, Laurie is packed sardine-like onto a double-decker bus, when through a misty window she spots a handsome man. Some mystical force tells her that he is the one, and when their eyes meet, it's like they both know this to be true. But before Laurie can move or the man can try to board the bus and hopefully sweep her off her feet, the bus drives away.

Even though she's almost certain that "B
Brenda - Traveling Sister
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading One Day in December is a like a getting a warm hug on a chilly winter day. It warmed our hearts and left us feeling like we just experienced something very special.

I have been talking about a few books I have read lately that have not been my normal and One Day in December was definitely one of them. This sister does not have a romantic bone in her. My poor husband.

One Day in December is warm, captivating, unforgettable and quirky love story not only between couples but within a friends
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars

This book is all about fate, timing, and star-crossed love, told with a side of humor and a lot of heart. You’re not a romance reader? Neither am I! But this book melted my non-romance reading heart into a puddle.

In short, I loved it. It turned out to be so much more than I expected. I loved the characters of Laurie, Sarah, and Jack. I also enjoyed how the author explored the friendship between Laurie and Sarah, best friends for life, through thick and thin.

We follow these three throug
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars!!

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Sometimes you just meet the right person at the wrong time.

One Day in December is a story that follows three main characters, but it's told from Laurie and Jack's pov. It was a loonnnngggg journey to get there, but that ending, it was perfect. Life is about timing. Sometimes we meet people at exactly the right time, and sometimes we meet people at the wrong time.

The first time Jack and Laurie 'meet' it's on a bus. Laurie is on a bus and sees Jack. He sees her too. He tries to get
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The short and sweet version: this was my favorite book of the year, everyone should read it, and it needs to be made into a movie now if not sooner!

This is romance done perfectly, yet it’s more than romance - it’s about love and relationships and life and mistakes and forgiveness. So much in one book, wrapped up in a perfect bow that starts on that one day in December.

Spanning over several years, this books takes you through the journey of Lu’s life as she’s coming of age after university.

I ca
Holly  B
This is such a charming romance with some bittersweet moments that added some emotion.

When Laurie spots Jack one day, she "feels" something.  I've known people who have experienced similar instant connections, but who's to say if there is anything to it.  Laurie spends the next year "watching out" for this mystery man that rocked her world.

I loved all the characters, the humor and the overall journey between two people that seemed to be meant for each other.

A touch of  serendipity  and a  fairyt
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
4 stars!

Charming. Witty. Endearing. Refreshing. Heartwarming.

I do not generally read romance, but when Brenda and Norma offered the Traveling Sisters the opportunity to read this title, I thought I would take a chance and try it out. I am SO GLAD I did! This is not your typical love story.

This novel follows Laurie who believes she has found “the one” when she happens to look through the window of the bus she is on and makes magical eye contact with a handsome stranger. She doesn’t believe in l

Grab a cup of tea or hot cocoa ☕,
a cozy blanket, and THIS book. 💗

I've read so many books lately about crazy people and missing people and abused people that this was a very welcome change.

If you like movies such as 'Serendipity' and 'Love Actually', then you'll love this story.

This one's also set during the Christmas holidays... well, nine Christmases actually. It's a story about a girl on a bus who sees a guy at a bus stop, and their eyes meet and they smile
Katie B
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was just such a good read for me. Right from the start I fell in love with the characters. Usually when I read novels in the romance genre I can find at least one or two things that I didn't like, but this book was pretty darn close to perfect. It is understandable though that this might not be the right fit for all readers as we all have stories that we connect with more than others.

Laurie is on the bus when she looks out the window and instantly falls in love with a man standing outside.
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
A love story about what happens after you meet, or rather, don't meet the one.

Charming and authentic, One Day in December is a story of love, friendship, and growing up. This book made me so happy! It felt like a film, something that I could envision so vividly. And at the same time, it felt like a real story. The characters felt like friends, and I felt deeply invested in their lives. This was a book club read hosted by Jennifer at Tarheel Reader and sponsored by Goodreads, and I’m so glad to h
Elyse Walters
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not “Splendor in the Grass”...( one of my favorite movies)...

or “Love Actually”....

or “Sleepless in Seattle”....


“One Day in December”


British-ADORABLY addictive!!!

Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 wonderfully written and beautifully told stars
My reviews can be seen here: http://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpress...

This charming book is not in my usual genre of reading and yet I fell in love with it, its characters, its writing, and its alluring situations. Good job. Ms Silver!

Imagine seeing the man of your dreams through the window of a crowded bus in London. Your eyes meet and snap there is that electricity, that pull, that attraction that you have never had before. Now imagine that bus pu
Out now in eBook format

One December day Laurie is sitting staring out the window of a London bus when suddenly her eyes meet a man that makes her believe in love at first sight. In those brief moments Laurie and this stranger share a connection so deep that she knows he's the one... But then the bus pulls off. And he's gone forever. Laurie tries to find him over the course of the next year to no avail. And then the following Christmas she meets him again. The only problem is he is her best frien
DJ Sakata
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Favorite Quotes:

‘I’ve got a date next week… I met him in a lift. I held him to ransom with the stop button until he agreed to ask me out.’ I really need to take life lessons from Sarah… I need to make ‘What would Sarah do?’ my life motto.

I’ll have to take a rain check. I’ve got a double date tonight with Ben and Jerry. They’re sweet… We’re going to work our way through the Karamel Sutra. It’s going to be a thrill a minute.

If I tell you something, do you promise to never tell anoth
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 delightful stars!!

I love reading all things thrilling/spooky/mysterious, especially during the October/Halloween season. BUT every now and then, it’s nice to break up the monotony and branch out a little. So when the Traveling Sisters offered up the opportunity to participate in a group read for this new, romantic book, I thought ‘PERFECT!’ and jumped on the chance to join in. Boy… I am sure glad I did!

One Day in December is an absolute delightful read. It’s the story of friends, fate, what-i
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
One day in December, Laurie and Jack have a not-meet cute that defines their lives for the next decade. She's on the double-decker bus, on her way home from working a dead end job; he's on the bench outside. Their eyes meet in a magical, instant connection and it's like a Hollywood romance-- cue the orchestra and the bright lights. But then it ends. She doesn't get off the bus. He doesn't get on. The bus drives away into the night, and this instalove couple are seemingly lost to each other forev ...more
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting something happy and feel-good and instead I was handed heartache.
I feel betrayed.
Susan Kennedy
I am an emotional train wreck. I should never even have attempted to finish this book at work. You know that ugly cry? I had to try REALLY hard not to do that ugly cry by setting the book down with only three (3) pages to go. I had to take deep breaths to calm myself down. I loved this book. I loved the story even though my heart wrenched the whole way through. I loved the characters, most of them. There are always those couple that you detest and they were there too. Lovely, lovely book.

Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars.

description From now on, if anyone asks me if I’ve ever fallen in love at first sight, I shall say yes, for one glorious minute on 21 December 2008.”

The premise of this story is simple and unquestionably has a movie-like aura to it. And you’ll get no argument from me that Josie Silver does a sound job in covering a ten year period inserting subtle moments of humour amongst the angst generated from a story of missed opportunities. However, I didn’t find it particularly romantic and with several t
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